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See Student-Designed Race Car at N.E. Auto Show

Meet The River Hawk Racing Team

Student Ryan McIntosh test drives River Hawk Racing’s Formula SAE car.

By Edwin L. Aguirre

Come and see the Formula SAE race car designed and built by members of the River Hawk Racing Team at the New England International Auto Show, to be held Dec. 2 to 6 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

“River Hawk Racing is a student club at UMass Lowell, competing in the 2010 Formula SAE [Society of Automotive Engineers] international competition,” says freshman Ryan McIntosh, the club’s secretary and business team leader. “Our team is made up of 35 students and one faculty adviser. River Hawk Racing’s 2010 formula-style car is on its way to becoming the most competitive vehicle yet in the team’s young but successful history. We are looking to involve the community, inspire school spirit, and win in 2010!”

McIntosh says the team has partnered with MIT Motorsports and Brown University’s Formula SAE team to exhibit their race cars to the public.

“The Boston event showcases the newest automobiles from all the major international automakers, as well as many antique and customized vehicles,” he says. “River Hawk Racing is excited about the opportunity to highlight what ‘driven’ students from UMass Lowell can achieve, alongside some of the largest automotive and engineering companies in the world.”

For details about the auto show, visit the Expo website.

“Asst. Prof. David Willis is our team faculty adviser,” says McIntosh. “The team president is junior Casey LaCourse and the vice president is junior Chris Nonis.”

You can show your support for the River Hawk Racing Team by joining its Facebook fan page.

Last year’s team, composed of more than 20 mechanical and electrical engineering students, participated in an SAE competition at the Virginia International Raceway that pitted their skills against schools from across the U.S. and Canada. For more information about this event, see this earlier story on the race car